The House select subcommittee on the pandemic has issued a subpoena to Peter Navarro, senior adviser to the former President TrumpDonald Trump On The Money – Biden Warns Oil Industry Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Rises Cleveland MLB Team Officially Renames Guardians Friday MORE, requesting documents and a statement related to the committee’s investigation into the political interference of the previous administration.
The chair of the subcommittee, Rep. James Clyburn (DS.C.) alleges that Navarro prioritized politics and promoted the lie that the 2020 elections were stolen over the COVID-19 response.
Clyburn alleges that Navarro also allocated millions of dollars in pandemic supply contracts to unprepared or politically connected companies, such as Eastman Kodak and Phlow.
The subpoena obliges Navarro to present all documents and information related to his participation in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic before December 8, and his appearance in a deposition on December 15.
Clyburn said Navarro, deputy aide and business adviser to former President Trump, has voluntarily refused to comply with repeated requests for documents since the select subcommittee first contacted him on Sept. 14.
Clyburn said his staff have tried to contact Navarro more than a dozen times, including through phone calls, voicemail messages, emails and text messages, but have been rejected.
“Mr. Navarro has demonstrated his unwillingness to voluntarily cooperate with the Select Subcommittee investigation. Given his central role in the response to the pandemic, the importance of the Select Subcommittee investigation, and his continued refusal to cooperate voluntarily, this subpoena it’s necessary, “Clyburn said. in a note.
The Hill has reached out to Navarro for comment.
According to emails and documents previously released in the committee’s investigation, Navarro sounded an early alarm about the scope of the pandemic and urged Trump to act faster to get ahead of the virus and secure testing, personal protective equipment and other supplies. .
But it was ignored and Trump continued to publicly downplay the severity of the virus. Committee Democrats allege that Navarro followed his own ad hoc strategy to procure key medical supplies, spending more than $ 1 billion in federal money for noncompetitive contracts with little oversight.
Clyburn said he is also seeking details about Navarro’s compliance with federal records law and the use of personal email accounts by Trump officials.
Clyburn said the committee suspects Navarro may be withholding “lengthy communications” between him and other White House officials that were sent through a private, encrypted email service.
According to Clyburn, the subcommittee obtained more than 80 messages related to the government’s strategy against the coronavirus that Navarro sent to other members of the White House staff using a personal ProtonMail account, and it suspects there are more.